Jim McDonnell, former Sheriff of Los Angeles County

Jim McDonnell began his law enforcement career in 1981, serving for 29 years at the Los Angeles Police Department. Following his career at the LAPD, McDonnell served as the Chief of the Long Beach Police Department for five years and in 2014 he was elected Sheriff of Los Angeles County. While with the LAPD, he helped create the blueprint for LAPD’s community-based policing programs that led to building strong relationships and communication between law enforcement and the diverse communities within the City of Los Angeles.

Throughout his professional career, McDonnell has taken regional leadership roles while serving as President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, President of the California Peace Officers’ Association, a member of the California Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards & Training (POST), and a board member of the Peace Officers’ Association of Los Angeles County.


Mark Gwyn, former Director, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Mark Gwyn began his law enforcement career in 1985, serving as a patrolman with the McMinnville Police Department. In 1988 he joined the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, spending his first eight years investigating some of the state’s most high-profile crimes before being promoted to Executive Officer in 1996. In 2001, Gwyn became Assistant Director of TBI in charge of the Forensic Services Division, where he supervised the state’s three crime labs; he became its director in 2004.  Tennessee’s Fusion Center was constructed within TBI Headquarters under Gwyn’s supervision, housing Homeland Security among other programs such as AMBER Alert and Tennessee’s Sex Offender Registry.

Gwyn serves on the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the board of the University of Tennessee National Forensic Academy, and local boards of directors for the Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank. In 2006, Middle Tennessee State University recognized Gwyn as the Distinguished African American Alumni of the year and in 2010 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for professional achievement.


Chris Moore, Principal at Brooks Bawden Moore and former Chief of Police of San Jose Police Department

Chris Moore is a veteran law enforcement executive with over 34 years of public safety experience. His expertise spans many facets of public safety including field operations management, emergency communications, internal affairs investigations, and media relations/crisis communications. Over the course of his public safety career, he has served as a police officer, firefighter, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Moore retired in 2013 after serving as the Chief of Police of the San Jose Police Department. In 1999, Chief Moore was selected as a White House Fellow and served as Counsel to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Chief Moore served as Chair of the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) and the MCCA representative to the FBI CJIS Advisory Policy Board (APB) where he served as Chairman of the Information Sharing Subcommittee.


Sharon Sayles-Belton, former Mayor of Minneapolis

Sharon Sayles-Belton is the Government Partnerships & Alliances Lead for Thomson Reuters. Sayles-Belton was the first woman and African American to be elected as mayor of Minneapolis in 1994 and served until 2001. After leaving the mayor’s office, she became a senior fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice and joined Thomson Reuters in 2010.

A community leader and activist, Sayles Belton is involved in race equality, community and neighborhood development, public policy, women’s, family and children’s issues, police-community relations and youth development. In 1978 she co-founded the Harriet Tubman Shelter for Battered Women in Minneapolis (now the Tubman Family Center). She is also a co-founder of the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She contributed to the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Clean Water Partnership, Children’s Healthcare and Hospital, the American Bar Association, the Bush Foundation, the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and Hennepin County Medical Center by chairing or serving on their boards.


Scot Thomasson, former Chief of the Firearms Operations Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

Scot Thomasson began his career in 1987 in the U. S. State Department where he spent five and a half years serving at various overseas posts. Thomasson then transferred to the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as a Special Agent assigned to the Colorado Springs Field Office. Thomasson retired from ATF in 2012 after 26 years of exemplary government service. As the Chief of the ATF Firearms Programs Division, Thomasson was responsible for the firearms programs for the agency, which included the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), and all violent crime initiatives.

Thomasson received the ATF Medal of Valor in 1995, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Annual Group Achievement Award in 1999, the ATF Distinguished Service Medal in 2000, the United States Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety in 2005, and is a recipient of 15 Special Act Awards.


Ron Brooks, Principal at Brooks Bawden Moore

Ron Brooks is a 38-year law enforcement veteran and a national leader on public safety policy issues.  As the executive officer of a successful criminal intelligence enterprise for more than ten years, Brooks combined the intelligence, technology, and information sharing resources of the Northern California High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NC HIDTA) and the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) into one of the nation’s most effective fusion centers.

Brooks served as Chairman of the Global Justice Initiative’s Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), Chairman of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Law Enforcement, Chairman of the Homeland Security Partners Board, President of the National Narcotic Officer’s Associations’ Coalition (NNOAC), and as the state and local law enforcement representative to the White House Interagency Policy Committee for Information Sharing Access (IPC-ISA).  Prior to his service at the NCRIC, Brooks retired as Assistant Chief from the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

Brooks has received the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Leadership Award from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance in 2012, the Minuteman Award from the National Guard Bureau, the Fusion Center Representative of the Year Award from the National Fusion Center Association in 2012, the President’s Award from the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, the Medal of Merit from the California National Guard in 2005, and the Legion of Merit Medal from the California National Guard in 2012.  He is the recipient of the Medal of Valor from the Redwood City (CA) Police Department.


Kevin Ryan, former US Attorney for the Northern District of California

Kevin Ryan served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California from 2002 to 2007. During this period, his office pursued successful investigations and prosecutions in diverse arenas including white-collar crime, securities fraud, intellectual property, computer hacking, healthcare fraud, environmental crime, public corruption, and violent and organized crime.

Prior to being appointed United States Attorney by President George W. Bush, Ryan served on the San Francisco Superior Court, where he was the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. Ryan began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County, where he served until being appointed to the bench by Governor Pete Wilson . From 2008 to 2009, he served as both the Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and as a Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Subsequent to his service as United States Attorney, he was a litigation partner at a notable law firm, Allen Matkins. Ryan is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he focuses on white-collar crime and litigation strategy.


Maury Blackman, President, and CEO, Premise Data

Maury Blackman has led high-growth tech companies for more than 25 years. In 2017, Blackman became President & CEO at Premise Data which is recognized as one of Deloitte’s Fast 500 for 2020. Premise Data owns the broadest and most sophisticated cyber-physical market intelligence platform that blends machine learning with human intelligence, making it possible to gather and analyze real-time data from a trusted global network. Before Premise, Blackman was CEO of Accela, a civic-tech startup that was acquired by Berkshire Partners in 2017 in one of the largest gov tech deals in history. In 2016, EY awarded him prestigious Northern California’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work as Accela’s Chairman & CEO.